Navy Wants Changes to Sunken Warship Rules

08 Jan 2014 11:24 AM | Anonymous
Navy Wants Changes to Sunken Warship Rules
By JON CHOWN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) -The Department of the Navy is proposing changes to guidelines that would reportedly ease permitting of archaeological investigations and other activities on and around historical military craft both above and under water, but add more penalties to offenders. According to the Navy, sunken military craft are not only historically important to the nation, but also often are war graves and memorials to the men and women who served aboard them. Access to these sites requires Navy oversight to ensure public safety, that the sites are preserved, and the sanctity of war and other maritime graves are maintained.


     The current rule is based on provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act, which lays out the responsibility for each government agency to preserve and manage the historic properties under their jurisdiction.

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